U.S. media and the Democratic Party are propelling Joe Biden toward a 2016 presidential bid that he does not want, but why? Joe cusses when he doesn’t know the microphone is on, calls for wheelchair-bound Senator Chuck Graham to stand up and let the crowd see him, and extends condolences to the Irish Prime Minister on his mum’s death while she is alive and well. Joe Biden is not smooth; he is genuine. They will rip him to shreds, every gaffe in Joe’s past revisited by the G.O.P., who mistakenly admitted the Benghazi investigation was a political move to degrade Hilary Clinton’s support. With Joe’s more than 40 years of public service, they are likely collecting mud already. He is a t.v. producer’s dream.
And how will he hold up after all he has endured? In true Irish fashion, I imagine he will give his honest opinion, as he usually does, however when faced with stupidity he won’t hold back. Joe’s colorful rhetoric is yet another potential distraction from the very real American concerns about costly education and healthcare, job creation, immigration, justice equality, environmental conservation, and gun-violence. I voted for Joe in the 2008 presidential primary, eight long years ago. In September Joe said in a speech that he was unsure if he had the emotional reserves for a campaign and told the Democratic National Committee that his “heart and soul are pretty banged up”. I believe him. Beau and Hunter, Joe’s sons, survived a car accident which killed his wife and baby girl in 1972. While recuperating from broken bones that put him in a body cast, 4-year-old Beau often laid next to his brother Hunter who had a skull fracture and said, “Look at me, Hun. I love you.” Beau sat his dad down two months before he died from brain cancer this year and made Joe promise that he would be o.k. Joe says Hunter, his wife Jill, and loving family and friends are supporting him and he has to get up every day or he would be letting them down; he’d be letting Beau down. If Joe decides not to run for president, he is not letting America down, he is letting his heart mend, something only time and care can accomplish.